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Cook and Eat like a Turkish

Rated 4.92 out of 5 from 13 reviews.İstanbul, TurkeyPart of the Airbnb Cooking collection

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Cooking experience hosted by Oktay Eren

4 hours
Turkish
Up to 4 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

We will welcome you in our cozy home and chat a little bit about you and your journey with the company of a classic Turkish wine or a Turkish coffee. Then we will give you a brief introduction to Turkish cuisine and Turkish style cooking and explain what we will cook today altogether.

Our main course will be the famous "Turkish Dolma," which is a very traditional and typical Turkish dish in our houses and it is required a little bit handwork, so we will make our hands dirty! According to your taste, we will use cabbage, eggplant, potato, tomato, and pepper, and stuff them with meat or rice-based stuffing.

After preparing our main dish, then we will start to cook our side dishes! We will make a Turkish yogurt based carrot - walnut salad and very famous and unique Turkish pastry with pastrami and tomato filling. We will give you the very detailed recipes so you can cook everything in your own house! When everything is cooked and ready, we will enjoy our meal all together with a bottle of Turkish wine or yogurt based Turkish drink "Ayran" according to your choice! After the dinner, we will serve you the famous Turkish dessert Baklava with ice-cream!
We will welcome you in our cozy home and chat a little bit about you and your journey with the company of a classic Turkish wine or a Turkish coffee. Then we will give you a brief introduction to Turkish cuisine and Turkish style cooking and explain what we will cook today altogether.

Our main course will be the famous "Turkish Dolma," which is a very traditional and typical Turkish dish in our houses and it is required a little bi…

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What's included

  • Food
    We will provide all the ingredients and the equipment for cooking!
  • Drinks
    During the cooking and dinner we will provide Turkish wines, Turkish coffee...
From ₹2,073
/ person
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Meet your host, Oktay Eren

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 13 Reviews
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My wife and I are very enthusiastic about cooking and sharing what we cook! We are in love with all kind of cuisine from all around the world; however, our major passion is about Turkish cuisine! We learned everything from our parents firstly of course, with very authentic methods, then improved what we learned with our experiences and passion! We invite our friends and family members to our home, not only for eating together but also cooking together very often, and now we invite you to our house to cook and enjoy together very traditional Turkish meals and wines!
My wife and I are very enthusiastic about cooking and sharing what we cook! We are in love with all kind of cuisine from all around the world; however, our major passion is about Turkish cuisine! We learned everything from our parents firstly of course, with very authentic methods, then improved what we learned with our experiences and passion! We invite our friends and family members to our home, not only for eating together but also cooking together very often, and now we invite you to our ho…
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Where you'll be

We will be in our lovely and cozy house! We will spend most of our time in our kitchen and living room preparing delicious food!

Rated 4.92 out of 5 from 13 reviews.

Sara
January 2020
We took this cooking class as part of a birthday gift we gave to our friend. We wanted to immerse ourselves into the Turkish culture and this cooking class was a great and fun way to do it. Oktay was really nice and welcoming and we had an amazing time with him. We cooked everything together and he explained all the steps to us, which was really helpful and a fun way of learning. We later set down for a yummy selfmade dinner and really enjoyed ourselves with food, wine and great conversations! Thanks again for the great afternoon, keep up the great work!:)
We took this cooking class as part of a birthday gift we gave to our friend. We wanted to immerse ourselves into the Turkish culture and this cooking class was a great and fun way…
Mike
December 2019
This was an amazing experience amongst friends. We have done cooking classes in a few different cities around the world and this may be the best. The dishes were delicious and well paired. What really set this experience apart was the comfort in Oktay's home. We immediately felt welcomed as though it was dinner party. Would highly recommend to anyone looking to learn more about Turkish cuisine and culture and make friends in Istanbul!
This was an amazing experience amongst friends. We have done cooking classes in a few different cities around the world and this may be the best. The dishes were delicious and well…
Kerrie
October 2019
We had a wonderful time with Oktay and his wife preparing and cooking a delicious and authentic turkish meal. They were extremely hospitable, friendly and well prepared. A lovely young couple we enjoyed sharing experiences over good food and good wine. A great experience and highly recommend. They are happy to share the recipes we cooked on line and we are looking forward to making them when we get home
We had a wonderful time with Oktay and his wife preparing and cooking a delicious and authentic turkish meal. They were extremely hospitable, friendly and well prepared. A lovely y…
Roel
September 2019
We had an amazing time at Oktay's place. We felt like being at a dinner party with friends. If you want to cook a great meal and enjoy a nice conversation with locals I can highly recommend this experience.
Carla
July 2019
The experience was wonderful. Oktay was very accommodating. There were four of us in his class. One person was vegan and three were meat lovers. He arranged the class to meet everyone’s needs. It was an awesome way to spend the afternoon, learn about culture and share a delicious meal. The atmosphere was very relaxed. Oktay was fun and easygoing.
The experience was wonderful. Oktay was very accommodating. There were four of us in his class. One person was vegan and three were meat lovers. He arranged the class to meet e…
Emily
July 2019
Would definitely recommend this to anyone in Istanbul looking to learn more about the food & the culture surrounding it, I had a laugh and learnt a lot. Oktay and Çagla were very welcoming and easy to talk to- even though I was alone taking the cooking class I feel like I have left with new friends!
Would definitely recommend this to anyone in Istanbul looking to learn more about the food & the culture surrounding it, I had a laugh and learnt a lot. Oktay and Çagla were very w…

Dietary preferences

If requested, the host can accommodate the dietary needs listed. You must let the host know before the experience if you’d like your needs to be accommodated.
Peanut allergy
Egg-free
Vegan
Vegetarian
Dairy-free

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

More tips

Please do not hesitate to ask questions about anything you wonder and if you would like to make reservation for the days which are not listed, please send me a message :)